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Jets rookie had to be restrained by cops during seizure

Jalen Saunders AP

The “medical event” a Jets rookie suffered which led to his car rolling off the road was actually a seizure, and police had to physically restrain him for his own safety.

According to A.J. Perez of NJ.com, documents detail that three officers reported to the scene of Jalen Saunders‘ car accident, and one was taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated for an injury sustained while assisting.

Jets coach Rex Ryan said that Saunders had a seizure, but was cleared to practice. He’s expected to play tonight.

“They just cleared him, so we feel good about that now,” Ryan said. “He’ll be ready to roll. Expect to see a great deal of him in this game against Philly on Thursday night as a receiver, as well as a punt returner.”

The good news is he’s been checked out and deemed well, so the issue of whether he can contribute to their special teams can again become an important one.

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20 Responses to “Jets rookie had to be restrained by cops during seizure”
  1. gbrown23 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:22 AM

    This should be nobodys business, there is just no such thing as privcacy anymore.

  2. jjeagle says: Aug 28, 2014 9:24 AM

    good luck to you dude…hope he is well…seizures when driving, man..hope you make it man.

  3. pats1944 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:29 AM

    That’s weird, I’ve been told in training that if someone is having a seizure there is nothing you can do for them. So the best option is to put something soft under their head and roll them on to their side.

  4. jjb0811 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:31 AM

    And the NFL wonders why it gets sued? A Player has a seizure and is cleared immediately because its game day.

  5. 1nyj says: Aug 28, 2014 9:53 AM

    could this happen to any other team but the Jets?
    cue the circus music, the Jets are a joke, blah blah blah. just shut up.

  6. floratiotime says: Aug 28, 2014 9:58 AM

    The Jets sure can pick them.

  7. lbijake says: Aug 28, 2014 10:06 AM

    Not a doctor, and do not play one on TV, but just wondering how a person who has a seizure during a non-event, like driving, can be passed to play in a violent game. Again, I am sure there are valid medical reasons which are above my pay grade, it was just a thought from the fan.

  8. annes22 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:06 AM

    Seizures don’t happen for no reason. He shouldn’t play tonight, that’s ridiculous.
    Someone here needs to deal with it a little better, he obviously has a problem.

  9. mt10425 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:07 AM

    More epilepsy ignorance. If they injured him by restraining, a lawsuit is waiting to happen. Get your cops trained. It’s a half-hour presentation. I’m a former Outreach Coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation.

  10. milehipigskin says: Aug 28, 2014 10:10 AM

    Hang on. A person who has seizures should not be driving a car. THAT is everyone’s business.

  11. zeke2517 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:12 AM

    Not for nothing, guys, but making hay out of a guy’s medical condition is very un-dude.

  12. fletchdirect says: Aug 28, 2014 10:23 AM

    Dude rolled his car & T. Rex Ryan says, “He’ll be ready to roll” for the game tonight.

  13. zeke2517 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:25 AM

    “Hang on. A person who has seizures should not be driving a car. THAT is everyone’s business.”

    …No. If they take his license away, whatever. That doesn’t mean you should be hearing about it on quasi-journalistic websites.

  14. mackcarrington says: Aug 28, 2014 10:34 AM

    Didn’t they say at first that it was a “non-medical” issue?

  15. Mr.Wonderful22 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:53 AM

    This should be nobody’s business but the police, medical people, and Mr. Saunders and his family. Just cuz he’s in the public eye doesn’t give the media or public the right to make this information available for peoples entertainment.

  16. ttommytom says: Aug 28, 2014 1:33 PM

    Since Rex is ‘management’ is he even authorized to talk about (what really was) a medical event of an employee that he supervises?

  17. doe22us says: Aug 28, 2014 2:05 PM

    I had many seizures (epilepsy) when i was a teenager. I take it extremely personally when uninformed ignorant comments are made about the condition or any other medical condition. Thankfully, i havent had an episode in almost 22 years, God speed and health to this kid.

  18. drunkwino says: Aug 28, 2014 7:31 PM

    He must’ve been cleared by the same quack the NFL paid to say concussions were no big deal.

  19. badoglick says: Aug 29, 2014 2:34 AM

    I’m an epileptic, and I’ve had three grand mal seizures, none of which I was driving during, and all of which I was basically incapacitated for two days after and then mentally out of sorts for two weeks after. There is absolutely zero way he is physically able to play in a violent football game the day after.

  20. mcoomer146 says: Aug 29, 2014 6:07 PM

    I know seizures are very dangerous and, like this one cause someone to lose control of their car. In today’s “Police State”, Saunders‘ is lucky the police didn’t shoot him for resisting.

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